The project to extend the H Line for Subterráneos de Buenos Aires, which is a joint venture between Techint Engineering and Construction and Dycasa, has completed the stage of the Law Faculty station. The new subway stop is located between the building of the University of Buenos Aires and the Plaza República Federativa de Brasil, at the intersection of Figueroa Alcorta and Pueyrredón avenues.
The new station adds one kilometer to the H Line route, benefiting more than 40,000 subway users a day, including students, employees, residents and tourists visiting the city.
The complexity of the underground network in this area of the city meant that the first stretch of the junction with Las Heras station had to be built using the Side Drift construction system, which is the first time it has been used in Argentina for this type of crossing. Side Drift is a manual tunneling system that allows tunnels to be excavated with a minimum impact on public areas, thus avoiding any interruption to utility services, pipes and telecommunications running through the upper part of the tunnel. Furthermore, no alterations were required to the operation of the city's third largest sewer system which passes underneath Figueroa Alcorta Avenue.
Locals voted for the Law Faculty station to be named Julieta Lanteri in honor of the prominent Italian-Argentine doctor, politician and feminist. It is the country's first surface station with three elevators and two escalators communicating the public thoroughfare with stairwells and these with the platforms, making it 100% accessible for people with reduced mobility. For the visually-impaired, there is a guiding-tiles system, which indicate prevention, and danger as well as braille signs at access points and handrails throughout.
There is also a forced ventilation, fire detection and extinction system as well as range of easy-opening manual emergency exits leading to the surface thanks to the installation of hydraulic shock absorbers that do not require any electric power for their operation.
With 13 kilometers of railway, tunnels and stations, the project to extend the subway's Line H is the largest infrastructure work of the City of Buenos Aires in the last 60 years.